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Al Michaels arrested for DUI

Legendary broadcaster Al Michaels, the play-by-play voice of NBC’s Sunday Night Football, was arrested Friday night for misdemeanor DUI, according to multiple reports.

Police in Santa Monica, California said that Michaels, who was released on his own recognizance, was extremely cooperative throughout a process that began at a routine DUI checkpoint.  According to TMZ, breath testing showed that his blood-alcohol concentration was at the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

“We are aware of the situation,” NBC Sports said in a statement.  “We have been in contact with Al.  We have no further comment at this time.”

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47 Responses to “Al Michaels arrested for DUI”
  1. asublimeday says: Apr 21, 2013 12:01 PM

    .08 is nothing. Focus on the real criminals.

  2. golforepar says: Apr 21, 2013 12:02 PM

    Well, at least he wasn’t texting!

  3. FinFan68 says: Apr 21, 2013 12:07 PM

    I don’t condone drinking alcohol and then driving but .08 is the legal limit. It is still legal so unless there are aggravating circumstances (wreck, weaving, one-way violation etc.) I doubt his lawyer will have a hard time getting it dismissed.

  4. swampdawg80 says: Apr 21, 2013 12:11 PM

    You ok Al, nobody’s perfect.

  5. rooneyruleblues says: Apr 21, 2013 12:25 PM

    Yeah… I hope people really don’t believe it was at .08. If it were you or me, we would have been charged.

  6. Iknoweverything says: Apr 21, 2013 12:25 PM

    DWI laws are stacked to just rake in money for police agencies and madd.

    An average size woman can have 1 glass of wine and if she is having her monthly “visit”, then she can easily blow over .08 yet have perfect capabilities.

    Nyquil, other medicines will cause a reading over.08

    I know Mr, Censor will probably delete this, but its the facts, do research. It’s a money racquet for agencies and madd

  7. andymc58 says: Apr 21, 2013 12:25 PM

    If he was at the legal limit then what is the problem? That’s like being pulled over for doing 55 in a 55.

  8. minnesotablizzard says: Apr 21, 2013 12:29 PM

    0.08 is a joke. How are DUI checkpoints constitutional in the first place?

  9. nineroutsider says: Apr 21, 2013 12:29 PM

    Nobody will care…he wasn’t at the club all night getting tanked and blowing a .17 or something. I bet he took the wife out for dinner and had a glass or 2 of wine with it. Before taking shots at him think about how easily this could happen to you. I wouldn’t call a cab in that situation; I bet most of you don’t as well.

  10. raiders757 says: Apr 21, 2013 12:35 PM

    .08 is a joke. That’s no even buzzed. Even worse, the limit for me is .04 because I have a class A CDL. If I even gargle with mouthwash I’ll get a DUI. Oh well, one should be drinking and driving anyhow, but the law is indeed ridiculous.

  11. fdugrad says: Apr 21, 2013 12:42 PM

    Is the law AT or OVER .08? I would like to know, because, in this case, it is crucial to his case.

  12. inyofaceagain says: Apr 21, 2013 12:47 PM

    .08 is the limit. You are allowed to be at .08

    If you test .08 on the road the police can legally detain you, at which point they take another test at the police station. Generally by the time paperwork is filled out and you do the 2nd test it is usually lower than .08 at that time.

    He won’t be charged.

  13. billsboy88 says: Apr 21, 2013 12:52 PM

    DUI arrests are through the roof anymore. Seems like everyone has one….

  14. waitingguilty says: Apr 21, 2013 12:52 PM

    Frame job.

  15. inyofaceagain says: Apr 21, 2013 12:52 PM

    And DUI checkpoints are an infringement on our rights. There should be a need for probable cause to block off access to public roads for a DUI checkpoint. RIDICULOUS. But this is how cities keep their jails and courts full. It equals paychecks for corrections officers, court clerks, and judges. Frankly it makes me sick.

  16. followme2boston says: Apr 21, 2013 12:55 PM

    He split a bottle of wine with his wife at dinner most likely. It does not take much.

  17. gomez163 says: Apr 21, 2013 1:35 PM

    They charge you with (1) driving while intoxicated and (2) having a BAC of .08.

    Michaels makes $5 mill a year. Hire a driver or stay home.

  18. 49erstim says: Apr 21, 2013 1:37 PM

    If only we knew his Wonderlic Score!

  19. bookofelisha says: Apr 21, 2013 1:39 PM

    isnt .08 legal?

  20. jrmbadger says: Apr 21, 2013 1:43 PM

    First off, its DUI if your BAC is greater than or EQUAL to .08, not just greater than.

    Second off, the attitudes on this board to drinking and driving are the reason we still have 10,000 alcohol related deaths on our roads per year accounting for 30% of traffic fatalities. Apparently a number of you find nothing wrong with driving impaired.

    I for one think its incredibly irresponsible. For those saying “it doesn’t take much to be over .08″ – that may be true, but it doesn’t take much to be impaired enough where you shouldn’t be driving. Studies have shown that the ability to drive becomes impaired with as low a concentration as .05. In fact at BAC between .05-.09 you are 11 times more likely to be involved in a FATAL accident and 175 times more likely to be involved in ANY accident.

    I’d post the link to my sources, but that usually gets snagged in the comment filters. Google “the .08 alcohol concentration limit” and its about the 6th result down and its a research report by the Minnesota state house of representatives.

  21. controlledchaos123 says: Apr 21, 2013 1:46 PM

    Even though .08 is the legal limit in most states for a DUI, most people don’t even realize that you can be charged with a DWI — driving while impaired — for blowing anywhere between a .03 and .07 (again, depending on state laws). The only difference between the two is the penalty although a lot of judges treat them all the same for first time offenders (probation, education classes, community service, etc.).

  22. hpeters77 says: Apr 21, 2013 1:58 PM

    All of the above comments are full of bull, if this was a player comments would have been like he doesnt deserve the nfl, call a cab, why are you on the streets. IF YOU DRINK DONT DRIVE PERIOD

  23. Iknoweverything says: Apr 21, 2013 1:59 PM

    Statistics also show that people that wear eyeglasses are highly more likely to be involved in an accident.

    Anyone can manipulate numbers to advance their position

  24. punkthepack says: Apr 21, 2013 2:02 PM

    California Vehicle Code-
    23152(a)- DUI
    23152(b)- having BAC .08% or above.
    Checkpoints are not violating anyone’s rights because driving a car is a privilege, not a “right.”
    Most deaths and injuries are caused by drivers with at or close to the legal limit(s) because they feel fine, but their reflexes are slowed. The people with high BAC’s know they’re drunk and use more caution while driving.
    Until you’ve seen the damage caused or been directly affected by a DUI driver, you have no “right” to argue.
    If you don’t like the .08% law, run for public office and change it.

  25. leggett17 says: Apr 21, 2013 2:02 PM

    Those checkpoints are illegal…no probable cause.

  26. mackcarrington says: Apr 21, 2013 2:07 PM

    Except for most of the posters on this site, there aren’t too many more people as self-righteous and sanctimonious as Al Michaels. Most of his colleagues think he is a jerk.

  27. roadtrip3500 says: Apr 21, 2013 2:08 PM

    Al’s a small guy… he has to know that he’ll reach 0.08 well before other (larger) guys.

    Report out today that the bassist for 3 Doors Down was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication for a DUI crash he caused Friday night in the Nashville area that killed another motorist.

    If you have this kind of cash, you HAVE to have a driver. Even for a glass of wine over dinner. My uncle was a corporate chauffeur for decades (he drove a company CEO around) and one can make a good living doing that. Al need only ask his old partner John Madden what he’d do without his MaddenCruiser drivers. For a guy like Al who travels from place to place for work, you bring the driver with you and have him/her rent the car at that city.

    No excuses, especially when you have the resources entertainers do to completely avoid the situation.

  28. darkneptune73 says: Apr 21, 2013 2:09 PM

    This better not lead to him getting removed from Sunday Night Football.

  29. phloorioisanarcissist says: Apr 21, 2013 2:19 PM

    @jrmbadger
    While some of what you say has some merit, most of the people on here have a point. I have a drink occasionally and just one is enough to put me at or over the legal limit but does not impair my driving abilities at all. Just because some politician, scientist or lawyer says most people are impaired at a certain level doesn’t make it true. How many of you went to a restaurant, had a beer with your food, and drove home? I agree there are so many people out there that drive intoxicated that should be busted, but .08 is what a lot of people have after a Saturday night dinner with your spouse or friends. I have never had a DUI or OWI, but I still keep an open mind about this subject. Think back people. Unless you’re a kid. Think back to the night you had a beer while eating with your wife or friends and drove home, where you could have been arrested for a .08 and charged with a DUI while not even being intoxicated.

  30. modellforprez says: Apr 21, 2013 2:21 PM

    Nothing will happen to him. he might get a fine but he is in no danger of losing his Job.

  31. commentcentral says: Apr 21, 2013 2:30 PM

    I bet most of these posters would have more than a .08 right now.

  32. shogunassasin30 says: Apr 21, 2013 2:49 PM

    Oh please. The guy prob had a night out with the wife at a nice steakhouse, has a drink or 2 like anybody would and is perfectly coherent. Goes home to call it a night but no his night is wrecked because “captain america” cop wants to arrest Al Michaels for having a .08. Wow, congratulations there buddy. One less “hardened criminal” off the streets. What a joke.

  33. onderin says: Apr 21, 2013 2:51 PM

    Mmm…I love the smell of PFT comment hypocrisy in the morning.

  34. jkrc717 says: Apr 21, 2013 2:54 PM

    I don’t get it. Why was he arrested and charged with DUI if it was the legal limit?

    Like one PO said, it’s like driving 55 when the speed limit is 55.

    How stupid seriously. This upsets me.

  35. thewizardofbs says: Apr 21, 2013 2:57 PM

    This limit of .08 is because of MADD

    Myself, I’m a member of DAMM
    (Drunks Against Mad Mothers)

    I would have said more but I just fell out of my chair and my keyboard landed on my head.

  36. natijim235 says: Apr 21, 2013 3:01 PM

    Do you believe in miracles

  37. egomaniac247 says: Apr 21, 2013 3:09 PM

    Do you believe in designated drivers!?

  38. raiders4life says: Apr 21, 2013 3:19 PM

    A good DUI attorney should be able to get Michaels off the hook. Then again, based on who employs him (NBC), I’m not sure he’ll be able to afford it. #DoYouBelieveInMiracles!?

  39. pongonfl says: Apr 21, 2013 3:39 PM

    hate how the limit is moving.
    if your at .08 your not illegal, is .07999999 the legal limit now.
    Stupid.

  40. eagles512 says: Apr 21, 2013 3:43 PM

    One drink with dinner would never cause a .08.

  41. mancave001 says: Apr 21, 2013 4:06 PM

    They can charge you at .08. They often don’t depending on circumstance.

  42. trevor123698 says: Apr 21, 2013 4:29 PM

    Personally I trust the majority of people to drive with a 0.08 blood alcohol level. That is certainly a bit of impairment but its nothing that is going to cause serious problems.

  43. coreyn23 says: Apr 21, 2013 5:44 PM

    He’s the last person I would’ve expected! Wow!!

  44. hooterdawg says: Apr 22, 2013 12:25 AM

    It’s almost funny how this site rails against players who are stopped for DUI, but almost sounds supportive of Michaels because…well, you know, he is a fellow NBC employee.

  45. baltimoresnativeson says: Apr 22, 2013 9:25 AM

    If this would have been a 21 year old professional football player getting arrested for this, I think the tone of this article and comments would be slightly different. Shame on all of you.

  46. rc33 says: Apr 22, 2013 2:05 PM

    “Do you believe in Mai Tai’s?”

  47. raidergreg2000 says: Apr 22, 2013 6:06 PM

    Have a drink on me Al!!

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